(Read also Pam's Weight Watchers review)
I joined Weight Watchers a bit over a year ago, and have lost 55 lbs so far. I have gone through many diets in the past, even went to a weight loss clinic for a while, but had kept piling on the pounds until I reached a peak of 260 lbs, when I decided to join and give it a try.
"…I Started to Lose Weight Immediately"
It was easy to get into it, and I was worried about being hungry, so I was delighted to find out that between the point counting and Filling Foods, I never felt hungry. Even had enough points for snacking when I felt like it. That felt great. I wasn't frustrated, and I started to lose weight immediately, and consistently every week, so that I felt motivated to go to the weigh-ins and meetings.
I didn't change that much in my habits at first, still ate what I liked and went on with my lifestyle as before. Of course I weighed the food I ate at home, and paid attention to portions when I was eating out at lunch. I also realized how much fat I was really eating, with a bit of olive oil here, a few spoons of cream there, and butter on veggies. So looking at portion sizes – 2 spoonfuls of oils per day – helped me to get into the habit of cooking with virtually no fat, and using much less cream and sauces.
"I Feel Much Fitter Than I Have Ever Been"
Little by little I also started to exercise more, and went into the habit of walking a lot, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator for the seven floors to get to my apartment. I feel much less out of breath and much fitter than I have ever been.
I have been going to the meetings and using the Internet tools from the beginning. The Internet tools made it fun to track the food I ate, and count points, so I wrote down everything for many months. Little by little I stopped doing it. It started to feel like an effort to count everything, so I didn't anymore. As a result I have been stagnating around the 55lbs loss mark, and find it hard to jump start the weight loss again.
It feels like the Weight Watchers program is great at the beginning, and can stay motivating for a long time, but it is hard to avoid the moment where we lose courage and will power and don't feel like counting anymore. From there to letting it go completely and going back to out old habits, there is only a fine line.
Editor's note: Have you tried Weight Watchers'new program Weight Watchers 3600? It is a program built for human nature; it does not focus on will power nor self-control, but rather, creating an environment that makes it easy for you to eat healthy.
Disclosure: People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.